Past President's Reflections - Ian Gough

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The Governance and Advocacy Committee, in conjunction with the Heritage and Archives Committee, have invited past President, Professor Ian Gough, to summarise his achievements and to highlight memorable events that occurred during his presidency (2008-2010) and his broader time on Council.

Professor Ian Gough, past College President (2008-2010), discusses key topics of the College agenda:

Introduction
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) challenge
Medical indemnity
Surgical Education and Training (SET)
Academy of Surgical Educators (ASE)
Council reconstructing
The politics of healthcare
RACS Code of Conduct
International links
Fellowship Pledge

 

Introduction

(4min 17sec)

 

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) challenge

Discusses the College's response to the ACCC challenge, particularly regarding the opportunities available for overseas Trainees. The initial and ongoing outcomes are described (8min 43sec).

 

Medical indemnity

Describes the effect of the collapse of a major medical insurer on many surgeons (4min 15sec).

 

Surgical Education and Training (SET)

Outlines the reasons behind the creation of a shorter and more efficient training program to attract highly functioning Trainees, as well as the effect of technological changes on training methodology (4min 58sec).

 

Academy of Surgical Educators (ASE)

Speaks of the inception and development of a College body to assist in fostering and sustaining the pursuit of excellence in surgical education (3min 34sec).

 

Council reconstructing

One of the major changes undertaken under Professor Gough's leadership was changes to membership of Council, the constitutional review, associations within the College, as well as regular Surgical Leaders Fora and Trainees and Younger Fellows Societies (4min 57sec).

 

The politics of healthcare

Discusses the College's political stance and how the College is now more politically engaged in upholding surgical standards in the community (4min 37sec).

 

RACS Code of Conduct

Speaks to the development and revision of the surgeons Code of Conduct, which also addresses involvement with the medical industry and disciplinary actions for breaches of conduct (2min 8sec).

 

International links

Elaborates on the College's relationships with overseas Colleges and outreach programs (2min 59sec).

 

Fellowship Pledge

Professor Gough recites the Fellowship Pledge now taken by all College Fellows at their convocation (2min 2sec).